Harrogate Sept 2013

Harrogate Flower Show 2013 Newsletter

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show was recently ranked in the top three of Britain's best gardening events. It is the foremost independent Autumn Show and is a great day out for all garden lovers and it’s easy to see why.
From amazing giant vegetables, stunning show gardens, perfect plant displays and expert demonstrations, it offers everything you need to create your own special garden space. Garden planning begins in the autumn and you will surely take away everything you need to plan your garden for the growing season ahead.

Marshalls will be there with our unique market stall and some great Show Offers on Autumn Planting Onions Shallots and Garlic so come along and bag yourselves a bargain! There is such a lot to see and do at the Harrogate Show we’re sure you will have a really great day. Do come and say hello to Amy, Sophie, James and Jonathan they would love to see you.


The National Vegetable Championships will be held at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground. There are 26 classes this year and the show with exhibitors from all across the country. This is one of the most prestigious Vegetable Championships and attracts the country’s top growers who will be competing for the most coveted titles. There are classes for everything from tomatoes, carrots, cauliflowers, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and chillis and all have to meet rigorous standards. The competition attracts nearly 500 entries to what is one of the world’s finest vegetable shows.


Giant Vegetables – if growing these monsters interests you then you will not be disappointed here! The giant vegetable competition gets bigger than ever this autumn - will the heaviest onion world record be broken for a third year? Last year Champion grower Peter Glazebrook broke his own record with the world's first ever 18lb onion! Also weighing in at this year’s show will be the heaviest marrows, cabbages, carrots, leeks, beetroots, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes and parsnips. They will also be looking for the longest runner beans and cucumbers and there is even a competition for the heaviest stick of rhubarb!


Not content with growing the enormous veg there is also a competition to cook with them too! Top chefs from across the region have prepared a monster menu in a bid to set a new world record, a team of 11 chefs will race to cook an huge  total of 105 dishes in one day – and all from one single giant cabbage!  They will be attempting to set a record for the most dishes made from one single vegetable (a colossal cabbage!) and will take place on Friday 13 September in the show’s Plot to Pot Cookery Theatre. This will be a record first for this competition as it has never been attempted before!

The very first ChilliFest  is also new this year with 100’s of different varieties plus plenty of ‘hot tips’ (no pun intended!)  for growing your own chillies. Whether you like your chillis subtly warm or eye-wateringly hot and spicy, there will be something to tantalise your taste buds among the 50 or 60 different types on display along with plants for sale and lots of advice on how to grow your own chillis plants.


The Kitchen Garden Live team will be available for advice on growing fruit and vegetables.  There will be talks and demonstrations to inspire everyone, whether you are new to growing your own or have been gardening for years. The Superb Show Gardens will undoubtedly give you lots of inspiration to take home and create something special in your own garden. A range of useful plants can be grown productively in a small space grow herbs alongside strawberries, vegetables and annual edible plants like nasturtium which will give a vibrant splash of colour with a peppery flavour when added to salads. There is a garden for busy families and many more thought provoking ideas and planting styles.



In the flower halls you will find specialist gardening groups exhibiting everything from dahlias to orchids to bonsai - you can lose yourself in a colourful mass of fabulous blooms and plants along with lots of hints and tips to grow your own special favourites. And as part of the new ChilliFest expert florists have been set a challenge to design a display for the opening of an Asian gourmet restaurant – presumably incorporating the more ornamental aspect of these colourful plants! There will be flower arranging and floristry talks and demonstrations every day of the show too.